All Delayed Planes at Mexico City Airport Will Now Be Grounded

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As of Wednesday, April 26, all commercial airlines planes that do not take off on their scheduled departure time at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) will now be grounded, airport authorities announced.

In a written statement, the AICM administration said that whenever a flight has a takeoff time different from the official one it had been issued, the new departure plan of the airline in question will not be authorized.

The AICM administration announced that the new ruling was part of the “second phase of its plan of actions to guarantee optimal quality and safety standards of operations.”

In an eight-step process, all commercial airlines entering and departing the AICM must present a prior formal request for landing and takeoff times to airport authorities and to the Navigation Services in the Mexican Airspace (Seneam).

If those airlines do not abide with the approved time slots, they will not be granted an alternative slot, the AICM said.

The AICM, which under orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is now in the hands of the Mexican military, has recently been the focus of numerous problems, including near-miss collisions, deteriorating installations and constant delays.

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